Saturday, 28 June 2014
The Nordkette ("north chain") mountains dominate Innsbruck. They loom at the north end of every street, and are used by infrequent visitors as a navigation device: if you can see mountains at the end of the street, then you must be facing north. It must be a pretty sight in winter, though the predominantly grey geology is fairly dreary in summer. Close up, though, the rocks have quite a sparkle -- there seems to be a lot of mica or some similar glassy, crystalline substance within the rock.
For a while I had some fun finding highly-reflective modern buildings in which to play compositional games, making mountains appear, multiply, distort, and disappear. As most of these buildings seemed to be in and around the university, however, I suddenly realised was in the familiar territory of my Elevation series. A strong feeling of repeating myself descended, and I abandoned the idea fairly quickly, perhaps too soon.